Archive for December 7th, 2009

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Tour Tracker: Air, Experience Hendrix and Eagles

December 7th, 2009
French electro duo Air return to North America with a tour in support of their latest album Love 2. Plus, Joe Satriani, Living Colour, Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, Band of Gypsys’ Billy Cox, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more guitar icons team up to celebrate Jimi on the 2010 Experience Hendrix tour and the Eagles schedule a three-night residency at the Hollywood Bowl in April 2010. Full dates for all three treks below: Air Mar. 13 – ...
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Readers’ Rock List: Album Most Snubbed By the Grammys

December 7th, 2009
Following last week’s announcement of the nominations for the 2010 Album of the Year Grammy, we asked our readers to tell us which LP got the biggest snub from the voting committee. To no one’s surprise, U2’s No Line on the Horizon was voted most overlooked album and the one most deserving to battle it out against Beyoncé, Gaga, Swift, DMB and the Black Eyed Peas. Other noteworthy albums snubbed by Grammys include discs from ...
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“Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…” Preview: U2 Talk Paul McCartney

December 7th, 2009
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… returns for its second season on the Sundance Channel this Wednesday, December 9th with U2’s Bono and the Edge joining the My Aim is True singer-songwriter for an intimate conversation about the recording of some of the band’s biggest hits, a performance of some obscure U2 tracks and a show-ending “mash-up” of Costello and the Imposters with the No Line on the Horizon pair. In this exclusive preview of Wednesday’s show, ...
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Smashing Pumpkins Unveil New “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope” Track “A Song for a Son”

December 7th, 2009
“A Song for a Son,” the first single off the revamped Smashing Pumpkins’ massive 44-song project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, premiered today at Spinner. We knew Billy Corgan was exploring his psychedelic rock roots in recent months while performing for with the Spirits in the Sky, but nothing in Corgan’s prolific recording history could have prepared us for the over five minutes of classic rock that is “A Song for a Son,” which starts off with ...
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Enter to Win Rihanna’s Sunglasses and More in Rolling Stone’s Gift Guide Giveaway!

December 7th, 2009
If your holiday-season wish is to look as much like Rihanna in the video for Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” as humanly possible, this is your lucky day. As part of Rolling Stone’s epic guide guide giveaway, we are offering you the chance to score those A-Morir Barracuda shades, as well as a Motorola Droid, a pair of WeSC headphones, a G-Shock 5600 watch, a Johnny Cupcakes bundle (earrings, a “Cupcakes Not War” shirt and snow ...
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Powter’s “Bad Day” Named 2000’s One Hit Wonder by Billboard

December 7th, 2009
Photo: Hawthrone/Getty Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day,” the song that for a television season became the anthem for Idol rejects and disappointed people everywhere, was named the top One Hit Wonder of the decade by Billboard, beating out the likes of fellow 15-minutes-of-fame artists Terror Squad and Crazy Town for the esteemed title. Looking through the list of 40 flameouts is like a high school reunion of artists whose claim to fame is making it onto a ...
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Fricke’s Picks: A Blues Wake

December 7th, 2009
In August, three days after the death of producer Jim Dickinson at age 67, his son Luther, guitarist in the Black Crowes and the North Mississippi Allstars, organized the ideal wake: Onward and Upward (Memphis International), an acoustic session with Jim’s friends and cohorts, including Sid Selvidge and Jimmy Crosthwait, singing and picking blues and gospel chestnuts as Luther Dickinson and the Sons of Mudboy (a reference to Jim’s notorious band Mudboy and the Neutrons). ...
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Apple Reaches Deal to Acquire Music Streaming Service Lala

December 7th, 2009
Apple, whose iTunes is already responsible for 70 percent of all digital music sales, has added to their stronghold on the digital front by inking a deal to acquire music streaming service Lala.com, the New York Times reports. Lala has become a favorite of music sites in the past year for its ability to embed a “cloud-based” stream of a song, then giving the user an option of either purchasing an unlimited stream for 10 ...
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Lil Wayne Finds His Rock Edge on “Rebirth” Track “Da Da Da”

December 7th, 2009
Photo: Venema/WireImage Another single off Lil Wayne’s upcoming Rebirth, “Da Da Da,” emerged this weekend, just days after the Scarface soundtrack-sampling “On Fire” leaked. Produced once again by Cool & Dre, “Da Da Da” falls more in line with Weezy’s dream of a rap-rock album. The track opens up with a guitar lick before the hard-pounding drums, synths and riffs kick in, with Wayne’s voice so Auto-Tuned that lines like “I’m your Kevin Costner, and I ...
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Rihanna Sings with Shy Ronnie, Rocks Out “Hard” on “SNL”

December 7th, 2009
After weeks of emotional interviews and promotional appearances, Rihanna was finally able to clown around on network television this weekend during her musical guest stint on Saturday Night Live, co-starring with Andy Samberg in the SNL Digital Short “Shy Ronnie.” In the clip above, watch as Rihanna and Shy Ronnie shoot a music video in a 1st grade classroom, with Rihanna using her robotic coo to tell Shy Ronnie that he’s holding the microphone too ...